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The surname laird was first found in Berwickshire, a lieutenancy area and historic county on the Scottish Borders. Literally, the surname means a "laird" or "landlord" and is obviously an occupational surname. Another sources claim the name means "lord" as in "Lord of the manor," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
but we feel the former translation is more appropriate. The earliest record of the name was Roger Lawird or Lauird of Berwick who made an agreement with the Abbey of Kelso relating to his land in Waldefgat, Berwick in 1257. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Although the name, laird, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Laird, Lairde and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laird research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1552, 1781, 1782 and are included under the topic Early laird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early laird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the laird family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the laird family name laird, or who bore a variation of the surname were

laird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Laird, who arrived in New Jersey in 1741
  • Samuel Laird, who arrived in Carolina in 1755
  • Christopher Laird settled in Virginia in 1767 with his sons John, Samuel and Mary, and his wife Martha, they eventually moved to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina
  • Richard T Laird, who landed in Massachusetts in 1783

laird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Laird, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800
  • John Laird, who arrived in South Carolina in 1801
  • Rachl Laird, aged 25, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Mary Laird, aged 24, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Marsisa DeLa Laird, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
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laird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Laird U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Laird U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists

laird Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Laird, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Hannah Laird, aged 22, landed in Quebec in 1834

laird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Laird, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Alexander Laird, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Fanny Laird, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

laird Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Laird arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "James Lister" in 1865
  • James B. Laird, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
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  • Charlton Grant Laird (1901-1984), American ling Uist, lexicographer, novelist, and essayist
  • Gerald Lee Laird III (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Peter Alan Laird (b. 1954), American comic book writer and artist, best known for co-creating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Melvin Robert (Bom) Laird (b. 1922), American politician, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1969-73) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Marc James Peter Laird (b. 1986), Scottish footballer
  • William Laird (1780-1841), Scottish shipbuilder and developer, founder of what later became the Cammell Laird shipyard
  • Macgregor Laird (1808-1861), Scottish explorer and pioneer of British trade on the River Niger
  • John Keith McBroom Laird (1907-1985), Canadian author, barrister, and solicitor, Senator for Windsor, Ontario
  • David Laird (1833-1914), Canadian politician, Lieutenant Governor of Northwest Territories
  • Scott Benjamin Laird (b. 1988), English football defender
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  • Laird Family by Edward Forrest Brouhard.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The laird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laird Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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